Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 paid a visit to her home stomping grounds this past weekend as a honorary guest of Killarney’s Bull Riding Event on Friday evening. Born and raised on a ranch just out of Cartwright, Manitoba, Ali Mullin’s love of horses as well as the thrills of rodeo competition continued to grow, and opened many doors (or chutes if you will) all over the prairie provinces. In November of 2016, the 24 year old was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada for the year of Canada’s Birthday.
Mullin says her growing up years and many competitions along the way helped to prepare her for becoming the National Rodeo Queen for all of Canadian Professional Rodeo.
“My parents, Dan and Collen, have been raising quarter horses for upwards of 20 years and at various times we had cattle in addition to our quarter horse program. But quarter horses have definitely been the strong passion all along, specifically for myself. I got interested in horses and training, and showing horses, at a very young age. And from there I sort of progressed until I decided I wanted to give High School Rodeo a try. When I actually got onto the rodeo scene I was about 13 to 14 years old, in that junior high stage and I started in the Barrel Racing and the Pole Bending.”
Mullin would go on to add Goat Tying, Breakway Roping and Team Roping to her list of events and by the time she graduated High School she was called a “Five-Event Cowgirl” and competing in all the girl’s events that she possible could.
Ali Mullin says holding this title has given her the opportunity to bring her small town Canadian heritage across the country, as well as all over the world.
“My personal goal this year,” says Mullin, “is to see the Miss Rodeo Canada title travel as far as I possibly can because we see a lot of rodeos in western Canada, specifically in Alberta with the largest amount of our Canadian Professional Rodeo Association rodeos being in the province of Alberta, with a few in BC and one in Manitoba as well."
"But I would like my title of Miss Rodeo Canada to be well known across the country and specifically with it being Canada’s 150th birthday this year I think it’s the perfect opportunity to promote it to the rest of the country and to make it something that’s known from coast to coast.”
Mullin says that great things come from small towns, and she uses the rodeo world to encourage others to follow their passions. She acknowledges her heritage of growing up in southern Manitoba as being a most important part of becoming who she is today.